Latest News from Windermere and Bowness Civic Society

Daffodil Planting

  Civic Society's daffodil planting took place on Shammies last autumn.       We look forward to spring! Read more

Millerground Enhancement Group

Overgrown vegetation

During spring 2014 the Civic Society started an exciting project to help restore a Windermere lakeside area known as Millerground. This area is owned by South Lakeland District Council, Windermere Town Council and the National Trust. We are working with these organisations plus others... Read more

Treasure Hunt

Whether you live in Windermere or Bowness, or come to visit, there is a wealth of architectural features on our buildings which deserve some special attention. Our 'Look Up' Treasure Hunt takes you on a walk between the Tourist Information Centres at Windermere and Bowness Bay, and challenges... Read more

Heritage Open Days

These events celebrate England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. These days include activities, tours, and events that focus on local architecture and culture. ... Read more

Dates For Your Diary!

The Society has a programme of talks, courses, visits, meetings and other activities related to Windermere and Bowness.  If you have any ideas for future events, then please contact any member of the Civic Society committee. 4th April 2017 - Annual General Meeting 7:30pm at the Marchesi... Read more

Footpaths and Snickets

When you visit friends or go shopping in our villages it is often possible to take a much shorter route on foot then would be possible when driving, if you use the extensive network of public footpaths and snickets that provide short-cuts between streets. See the map in the Civic Society... Read more

Autumn Meeting 2013

Our speaker was member Mrs. Diana Matthews, High Sheriff of Cumbria. She outlined the history of the office which started as a royal appointment to oversee the enforcement of the monarch’s rulings in their region, shire or bailiwick. Sheriffs raised armies and taxes and, should there be a... Read more

Conservation Areas

In the Civic Amenities Act of 1967, Conservation Areas are defined as ‘areas of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’. As with listed buildings planning applications in these areas are the subject of special notice... Read more

Christmas Meeting 2013

Speaker, Dr. Mike Huggins, introduced his theme “Windermere & Bowness - a successful resort?” by pointing out that, world-wide, the development of any resort always follows the same pattern through discovery by adventurers, growth by visits and residence by upper classes, longer stays by, and... Read more

Strength In Numbers

This issue affects the Society on two fronts a) its committee and b) its membership. The continued strength of both is essential for the Society to remain vibrant and effective. Regrettably but understandably natural wastage is reducing our ranks and after so many successful years it would be... Read more

Waterbird Plaque

The Waterbird Plaque is the second in the series of plaques produced by the Civic Society, the first being on the Windermere Hotel. In the early morning of 25 November 1911 a hydro-aeroplane called "Waterbird" took off from the waters of Windermere, flew for a short time and alighted... Read more

Street Clutter

A-boards, plethora of signs, chairs and tables on the pavements! Pavements are for pedestrians, but sometimes there is hardly any room for them! If there are persistent nuisances in our area then click here to let us know! Read more

The Industrial Heritage of the Lake District

A course led by Andrew Lowe, formerly LDNPA Building Conservation Officer.   The Lake District landscape has long been recognised and appreciated as being of superb international value by writers, artists, poets and tourists. However, the scenery we see today is the product of many... Read more

Bench Survey

Working with Windermere Town Council the Civic Society is surveying benches in and around Windermere and Bowness.  There is no official list of seats and confusion from the various authorities about who maintains them.  Please let us know if there is a bench in or around where you live so we... Read more